Manager's Friendly Review

Gary Rowett

GARY ROWETT admits he is one to pick out the negatives from his side’s showings in pre-season despite seeing the Potters step up their preparations for the forthcoming campaign with a 5-2 triumph over Macclesfield Town.

The City boss watched on from the sidelines at the Clayton Wood Training Ground on Tuesday afternoon as goals from Benik Afobe, Maxim Choupo-Moting, Peter Crouch, Saido Berahino and Tyrese Campbell earned City a comprehensive victory over the newly-promoted League Two outfit.

Speaking to Stoke City+ following the clash Rowett said: “I think the first couple of games are really difficult to gauge too much of an opinion from. 

“Of course you want to win games but the most important thing is actually the issues on the field and not the result, so there were a lot of aspects of the play that I was looking at today.

“In these sort of games you tend to focus on the things that the players don’t do rather than the things that they actually go out and execute well, which is just me being a typical negative manager."

“We have been working on things in training and some of those were evident today whereas one or two other areas that we want to work on weren’t quite up to scratch. 

“It’s difficult piecing two teams together to be honest, because if you were to put out your strongest 11 then it would have a totally different look about it.”

He added: “But, that being said, all things considered, given the work we have been doing, the double sessions each day, I thought they all acquitted themselves pretty well.”

The Potters boss confirmed that he would once again be looking to hand his players 45 minutes of action each when they travel to the Banks's Stadium to take on Walsall on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).